Think that Microsoft Office’s Clippy was a joke? Microsoft didn’t–Google Patents holds proof of the serious effort that the company poured into ever-unpopular animated “helpers” like Clippy, Microsoft Bob, and the Search Assistant. The whole idea remains baffling, but the drawings that Microsoft filed are weirdly fascinating. I’ve assembled a gallery of highlights.
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The Secret Origins of Clippy: Microsoft’s Bizarre Animated Character Patents
Posted by Harry McCracken on January 2, 2009 at 12:31 am